Friday, 15 June 2018

Wham, bam...

...I'm Studio Sam (or Samette?), back in the thick of it.

My first guests in the new studio brought it on in style.  It started with Lynne Mizera making this fantabulous 3D new studio card complete with an extensive array of fussy-cut items on the walls including photos of me, and in-progress works on the table.  Call me gob-smacked!

When you realize the whole card is about 8 inches in width, 4 inches high and 2 inches deep your eyes will cross and head roll when you imagine doing all those teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy cuts!  Accompanying a lovely little art journal (more play time coming up), it is a stupendous gift.  

She brought it when she joined three others here for a play date.  While we normally have a theme for our playtimes, this particular morning was a free-for-all.

Maureen worked on this fabulous collage - Here's to Hue! indeed.  Could it get any more colour-full?!

Eileen finished this watercolour she'd been working on,

and then started another one in her dog series.  She was on a roll, and so intent that I'm not sure she even heard the conversation around her.

 Deni was tearing into the Gelli plate, making prints and turning them into cards.

Lynne worked in a journal, and was delighted with the bits and pieces she found in the scrap box - why is it that they always look better when they're in someone else' box?!

Those of you who know of my struggle when it comes to spatial relationships will laugh when I tell you it took near three hours to figure out how to make an envelope for a booklet I'd created (more on that later).  Had there been a photo of me, it would have shown me staring stupidly into space as I faced the task with confuddled bemusement.

While still in progress, it's likely to get done today or tomorrow, delivery will happen soon, and I can do a post for you on the envelope contents.

I did have 20 minutes or so at the end of the morning, where I was able to toss all thought aside and play with the Gelli plate. 

As always, I enjoy the look of the newly-painted stencils, too.

I'd love to hear about your week - catch me up in the comments below, and feel free to add a link!  

Thursday, 7 June 2018

I did it....

...and I'm so glad.  I got back into the studio this week, and I'm loving it.  While the results are not press-worthy, they were most definitely fun!

I started in the journal with a spread that was already near-completed on the right hand side, adding some crackle stamp on the left.

Some additions of paper scraps and a fun foam gear added some colour.

By the time I added some text and more scraps, things were looking up.  The repetition of the text on the left with the tag in the pocket on the right seemed to tie it all together.

My studio is now looking more like home since I added paintings from my nearest and dearest to the walls, along with my own artwork, and installed some tables and chairs.

I'm excited about the thought of having friends/students in for some major play time.

And in spite of all that crazy purging I did, there seems to be a plethora of supplies with which to play...can't imagine how that happened!  😉

I'm hoping that in spite of the usual move-in kinks I'm back in the groove of regular creating again.  Wish me luck, and tell me what you're up to in the comments below!  

Saturday, 26 May 2018

We're in the throes...

...of unpacking, and I just had to show you this extraordinary artwork I found in the process:

Accidental artwork - packing tape pulled from box

Just to prove I'm not full of it!
Now, back to the unpacking, and hopefully I can check in next week with a restored studio, 'cause right now it's merely a Palace of Possibility!  More truth photos below:

Check out these snazzy cabinets; John kindly painted them before we moved,
and I'm all over the colour and the possibility of more layers.

Isn't life exciting?!!!!!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Because we're moving...

... and the packing and cleaning and sorting and disposing and opening and closing boxes is really getting out of hand, I find creative time is at a premium.  Until I get into my new studio, I thought you might like to take a look at some projects from the past.

This delightful creature,

Horsefeathers © Win Dinn
was conceived for Art Trot  and you'll find a trail from the previous link through to here and the grand finale.

Another project that took for-flippin'-ever was A Case for Gardening.  It was all that carving out of the book pages that had me cross-eyed and not-quite-sane, but the result is still a favourite.

A Case for Gardening © Win Dinn
I'm still loving these shoes (although they're packed now).

Their story is here and here.

Only twelve days to go until we move, and then into a studio again.  I'm chomping at the bit, can you tell?!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Drum roll, please...

...and the winner of 'The New Hood' wonky houses painting is Val van der Poel, of Creston, BC.  This is the first time I've had a local win one of my draws - no mailing required, unless I can't get her out of her gardening mode! Thanks for sharing and playing, Val. 😊

And on the Good News front, spring has arrived here, and we're enjoying the results of John's labour over the past eleven years in the form of a spring bouquet.

Is it any wonder that the blossoms are so beautiful, given the gorgeous blue skies and sunshine that are filling every corner of our world?

Inside the house is perhaps not so gorgeous - the corners and every available space seems to be filling up with boxes.  And here I thought we'd done a good job of purging.

The cupboards are slowly emptying,

the artwork is being packed away,

and the shelves are starting to look bare in some areas.

This all means, of course, that time for creativity is somewhat at a premium.  I'm mostly unleashing it in the form of cookie baking, which is not the best thing for the waistline!

Never mind, the move will be over in three weeks, and it will be back to the literal drawing board.  In the meantime, I'm wishing you a creative blitz so you can feed mine vicariously! 

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